Women's Swimming and Diving Finishes Second At Rhode Island Invitational; Men Take First
Jan. 17, 2005
KINGSTON, R.I. - Sophomore Nicole LeBarge (Lee, N.H.) won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles and led UMass to three second-place relay finishes as the Minutewomen finished second at the the Rhode Island Invitational held Friday and Saturday. In men's action, sophomore Evan Swisher (North Bennington, Vt.) won the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events and led UMass to wins in two relay events as the Minutemen won the two-day invitational.
Darmouth won the women's invitational with 473 points, followed by UMass (319), Rhode Island (264) and La Salle (228). The Minutemen won the men's team title with 399 points, followed by Dartmouth (337), La Salle (331), and Rhode Island (213).
LeBarge paced Massachusetts with wins in the 50-yard freestyle and in the 100-yard freestyle. Her times of 25.14 seconds in the 50 free and 54.18 seconds in the 100 free earned the sophomore her sixth and third victories in each respective race this season.
LeBarge also led UMass to second-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:40.44), the 200-yard medley relay (1:52.99) and the 400-yard free relay (3:40.42).
She was joined by senior Lynette Sweeney (Plymouth, Mass.), freshman Allison Volpe (Pottstown, Pa.), and junior Kelly Hoffrage (St. Charles, Ill.) in the 200-yard freestyle. In the 200-yard medley, LeBarge swam the anchor leg preceeded by freshman Susan Allen (Pittsford, N.Y.), senior Colleen Wasson (Harleysville, Pa.), and freshman Samantha Demty (Seekonk, Mass.). LeBarge also swam the anchor leg in the 400-yard free relay following junior Aimee Bourassa (Ottawa, Ontario), Sweeney, and freshman Leighanne Kevil (Sparta, N.J.).
Joining LeBarge with individual wins on the weekend were sophomore Vanessa Fleguel (Stittsville, Ontario) and sophomore Mary Jenkins (Acton, Mass.)
Fleguel won the 200-yard backstroke with her time of 2:11.66 and finished second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:02.35.
Jenkins won the 1-meter dive competition with 222.90 points and also finished third in the 3-meter dive with 364.25 points.
Bourassa rounded out the team's top performances with a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (5:13.64) and a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.68).
In men's action, Swisher led the Minutemen with wins in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstrokes with times of 52.97 seconds and 1:52.87, respectively. The wins marked the third time this season he has won a 100-yard backstroke race and the fifth time he has won the 200-yard event.
Additionally, Swisher led the Minutemen relay squads to two wins. Swisher led off the 400-yard medley relay which clocked a 3:32.15 performance - the second-best time of the season in the event. He was joined by sophomore Jake Hogue (Grand Junction, Colo.), senior Dylan Smith (Timonium, Md.), and senior Justin Zeimetz (Rochester, N.H.). He also led off the 200-yard medley relay team which won in 1:37.64 - joined by senior Matt Woodward (Waterbury, Maine), Smith and senior Ryan Matthews (Rumson, N.J.).
The Minutemen also won the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:25.39) which was comprised of Zeimetz, sophomore Gordon Leonard (Cinnaminson, N.J.), senior Owen Scollan (Lowell, Mass.) and Matthews. The time was the team's fastest of the season to date.
Individually, freshman Reuben Rappe (Farmington, Minn.) finished second in the 3-meter dive with 426.05 points which is the third highest point total in program history. Sophomore Mike Cordes (Highland Lakes, N.J.) notched the team's fastest time of the season in the 100-yard breatstroke with his winning time of 59.36 seconds. Hogue also earned an individual victory in the 200-yard breaststroke with his time of 2:10.35.
Both teams return to action on Saturday, Jan. 22 when they host Boston College. The meet is set to start at 1:00 p.m. at the Joseph R. Rogers, Jr. Pool located in Boyden Gymnasium.